If you’re not sure how high to hang art on your walls, these tips will help getting the best look.
The “rule” that everyone has heard of is to hang the at eye level. But, what does that mean? Sitting or standing? Tallest person or shortest?
Basically approximately 60 to 65 inches from the floor to the center of the art is a place to start. note that this is just a start.
As I’ve mentioned before, art must balance with its setting (environment), and it must meet your sense of style and mood.
If you are making an arrangement of smaller pieces of work in a reading corner with a comfy chair and a small table and lamp, the chair and table are the focal points and the art shouldn’t be sitting way up on the wall by itself. It should be surrounding the chair and table and may even involve the table by having some of the art sitting on the table. The art should enhance the area not be hung at some “eye level” arbitrary point on the wall.
Begin to think of the artwork you are hanging as it relates to everything around it.
If you will mostly be standing in the room, it may make sense to hang the artwork a bit higher than the 60-65 inch center starting point. If you have a really high ceiling and want to balance the space, this can make sense. If you want to draw the eye down to the living area and perhaps develop a cozy mood, move the art a little below this point.
In a room where you generally sit down (dining room, family room, office, etc.), hang pictures a bit lower. Sit in a chair and have someone hold the picture against the wall, moving it up and down so you can evaluate the look.
To tie a piece of furniture (sofa, sideboard, etc,) or mantel to a large piece of art, the bottom of the frame is positioned 6 to 12 inches above the furniture or mantel. If the furniture or architectural element is high, like a mantel, the art could even be leaning on the piece and not hung. If the art is small in scale, group similar or harmonious pieces or objects.
Tip: Cut out paper shapes that are the same size as the artwork. Using painters tape, place them on the wall and step back. See how you feel about their placement. Walk around, come in and out of the room, sit on the furniture, in other words live in the room for awhile. You can soon tell if this feels right for you. If you aren’t comfortable with this arrangement, just move the paper templates and try it again. When you’re happy with the look, then make holes in the wall.